Ethan Brierley says it was a proud moment for him to play for Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena for the first time on Tuesday night.
The scholar and lifelong Dale fan started against Manchester United Under-21s in the EFL Trophy during the week, having made his professional debut and league debuts so far this campaign.
“It was great,” said Brierley.
“I’ve supported this Club since I was very young – since I was three years old. So, to finally get on to the pitch is a great achievement for me. I’m over the moon!
“I’ve been coming since I was three, so to step out on the pitch is amazing. My parents are proud and I’m just over the moon.”
The 16-year-old was involved in a number of first team squads last season but has now progressed to training regularly with the first team.
“It’s great just to be around the first team at this age. They’ve all been really good with me. Every day in training I’m enjoying it and learning new things.
“It’s all going good. I think I’m settling in well. I’m mates with all the lads. I’m enjoying it.
“They are all really good with me. If I do something wrong in training, they’ll tell me and I’ll try to put it right. I like it when they’re honest with me because that will make me a better player. Whereas if they let it go a bit, I won’t progress as a player as much.
“I’m just going to keep working hard, keep doing what I’m doing, and hopefully I will get more chances like this.”
Brierley was replaced by his fellow scholar and good friend Kacper Mialkowski late on in the game, which saw the latter make his professional debut, something Brierley was proud to see.
“He’s been coming to the game as well for quite a while. We used to stand behind the Sandy Lane together for quite a few years. So for both of us to get a run out tonight is great.”
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